First, two leaves unfurl one within the other. One leaf is always bigger than the other, and at the back of the leaves, in the same sheath, there is a flower stalk. The flowers begin greenish, and as the open, they hang downward like pure white fairy bells with six scallops.
|Lily of the Valley|
The plant is eaten by sheep and goats, but refused by cows, horses and swine. The flowers when dried have a narcotic scent, and of reduced to powder excite sneezing; hence they are sometimes used as a sternutatory.
Lilies of the Valley are native to Europe but are distributed throughout North America and Asia.
Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)